Registration Information 

Once a student has submitted an admission application to the college and has participated in the placement and orientation process, the next step is to officially register (enroll) in specific classes. Napa Valley College offers students two ways to register for classes:

  • Online Registration through WebAdvisor. 
  • Walk-in Registration.  Registering in person at either our main Napa campus or our Upper Valley Campus.

After registration you will receive an acknowledgment of registration process and have 7 days to pay for your classes. For more information please refer to 7 Days to Pay on the Business office pages.

Information on Adding a Class 

WebAdvisor will close at 12 midnight prior to the start of classes. To add classes at NVC you must attend the class and obtain an Add Code from the instructor on the first day of classes. The Admissions and Records Office does not distribute Add Codes to students. There are specific deadlines for adding classes. All deadlines are published on the Admissions and Records Calendar.

Information on Wait listing a Class

Don't wait until the first day of the term to get into a class that's full! Put yourself on the waitlist and be first in line to fill a vacated spot! Wait listing in WebAdvisor allows students to electronically "wait in line" for the next available space.

During the registration period, students may place themselves on the waitlists for specific classes which are filled. Students on the waitlist will be notified if vacancies occur and will receive an email. Make sure we have your correct email address on file with the college. Also, please check you spam mail. You will have three days to register for the class once you receive the email. Go to "Manage my Waitlist" in your WebAdvisor account.

Some things to remember when wait listing a class:

  • WebAdvisor checks for schedule conflicts for waitlisted courses, don't waitlist for a class that meets at the same time or overlaps with a class for which you're already registered. You may file a completed Course Conflict form along with an Open Registration form simultaneously at the Admissions & Records office to register.
  • WebAdvisor checks for completed prerequisites, don't waitlist for a class unless you are have submitted the proper paperwork; a Prerequisite Challenge, a Prerequisite Equivalency form or have taken prerequisites for the class you wish to enroll in.
  • You can't be added into a class from the waitlist if you're already registered in another section of the same class.
  • You will not be able to add the class if doing so will put you over the limit of units for the semester or session your are waitlisted for. You may file a completed and approved Petition for Excess Unit Limit (Overload) which requires the signature of a counselor to the Admissions & Records office to register.
  • Other blocks may prevent you from registering for a class. Any other blocks will be identified when you try to register. After any blocks have been identified and cleared you will be able to add the waitlisted class. The 3-day registration limitation is still in place and you will be dropped from the waitlist if you do not complete the registration in a timely manner.
  • Beginning the first day of a class, the instructor controls who is registered from the waitlist.

For more details on wait listing, please refer to the A & R Facts. 

Assessment and Orientation (Matriculation)  

All students are encouraged to attend a Math/English assessment and either an orientation session or complete an online orientation before they register for classes. If you have participated in a Math/English assessment at another college, bring a copy of your test results to the NVC Testing and Tutoring Center, Room 1764 for evaluation. The test results must be within the last 3 years.

Orientation can either be done online or in person.  To schedule an in-person orientation, students can either come into the Counseling Office and reserve a spot or call 707-256-7220.

Math and English assessment tests can be scheduled through the Testing and Tutoring Center or you can  visit their webpage at or call (707) 256-7434.

Health Occupation's program students should check with the Health Occupation program they are interested in for further assessments. Basic Police Academy students go directly to the Criminal Justice Training Center for testing information.

Biology 218, 219, 220 Course Enrollment 

Students who want to take Biology 218, 219 or 220 may enroll in these classes on their registration priority date. Students need to ensure that prerequisite requirements have been met, and the appropriate documentation has been submitted to the Admissions and Records Office prior to their registration priority date. Concurrent enrollment in Biol 218 and Biol 219 must be approved by the biology department by submitting this Petition to Enroll form.

Community Education Classes 

Napa Valley College encourages lifelong learning. Working with local businesses, service organizations, and interested citizens, the Community Education Program offers non-credit and community service (fee-supported) classes, trips and tours, and activities, including classes for kids, designed to serve students of all ages whose educational goals do not require college credit.

The flexible nature of the Community Education Program allows the college to be responsive to the expressed interests and needs of specific populations or organizations. This includes courses such as one-day workshops and seminars or classes ranging from a few weeks to an entire semester. Classes are offered on a "not for credit" basis and do not normally require lengthy preparation or regular exams.

Classes, trips, and activities provided under Community Education are designed to stimulate personal and professional growth, as well as, create new interests and opportunities for continued learning.

For further information on the Community Education Program you can reach their office at (707) 967-2090.

Dropping/Withdrawal from a Class 

Withdrawal from a class shall be authorized through 75% of the term. Students may drop classes through WebAdvisor or by going to Admissions & Records and complete a Drop Card.  It is the student's responsibility to officially drop a class.  Failure to withdraw/drop a class by the dates posted in the class schedule or webpage will result in a failing (F) grade. If you need to drop a course, please refer to the class schedule or the Admissions and Records Calendar for important drop deadlines. 

High School Students  

Students who are in the 10th grade and above or 15 years of age or older may be eligible to enroll at Napa Valley College. Students must complete a High School Permit to Attend Form, have a high school Principal and a parent signature to be able to enroll. Students can choose to receive high school or college credit for the course. High school students pay only the  Accident Insurance and Student Health Services Fees. For more information, see the additional information section under the policies or faq sections of the website.

Independent Study 

Students may earn up to a total of 12 units over the total period of student residency through independent study. Independent study is planned by the instructor and student together. The program includes weekly meetings to discuss the student's progress. In a typical program, 50 hours of work in a semester will earn one unit. The independent study option may not be used in lieu of existing credit courses which cover the same or similar subject matter. Independent study must be approved by the instructor, division chair, and the Vice President of Instruction. Independent study forms are available in the Office of Instruction, 1500 Administration Building, Room 1531. Once the form is approved by the instructor, the division chair, and the Vice President of Instruction, the student must enroll in the class.

Online Education 

Here at Napa Valley College we understand that there are needs for every individual who seeks educational advancement.  That is why we offer online education classes that provide the learner with the flexibility and convenience needed for those learners who may not have the time to come in and take a class on one of our campuses.  The classes are no less academically challenging, it just provides the student with a different environment in which to attain their educational goals.  To find out more about Online Education and what is offered refer to the Online Education weblink from the homepage.  

New Enrollment Limitation on Course Repetition

Students will not be permitted to enroll in the same credit course more than three times, except in special circumstances or when the course is designated as repeatable and allows a greater number of repetitions. The reasons a student may be eligible to repeat are: 1) When the course is designated as repeatable. 2) If the student earns a substandard grade (“D,” “F,” “NP”) and wants to retake it to earn a passing grade (“C” or higher, “P”) or 3) when a student meets the criteria for special circumstances.